Tight budgets have prompted changes to the National Assessment of Educational Progress testing schedule. Under the changes -- announced by the National Assessment Governing Board -- high-school seniors will not take the writing exam in 2017, and in 2018, they will not take the civics, geography and US history exams.
Some students are taking part in online International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses. Students featured in this article discuss some of the challenges, such as international time zones that can make collaboration more difficult and the need to be an independent learner.
Four percent of students with special needs in Washington, D.C., schools met proficiency standards on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams. Sixteen percent of PARCC test-takers were students with special needs.
Data show teacher-powered schools are growing more popular, with more than 80 such schools in at least 15 states. In this blog post, Barnett Berry, founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, shares several reasons why the model is successful and why the time is right to give teachers more autonomy.
Some educators and schools are incorporating "Star Wars"-themed lessons in the classroom ahead of the release of the seventh film in the series. The website Star Wars in the Classroom features stories about how nearly 400 teachers have used the movie in their lessons.
Leaving children with family members for extended periods while parents migrate for employment opportunities may harm children's brain development, according to a recent study. Researchers found a negative correlation between gray matter volume in a brain region associated with memory encoding and retrieval and IQ scores among left-behind children.
Income-based school-assignment strategies may better support equity in schools, compared with strategies focused on neighborhood schools and school choice, according to a study by researchers at Duke University. Data show income-based strategies narrowed the achievement gap between black and white students and increased diversity in schools.
Evidence that humans foraged in southern Chile between 18,500 and 14,500 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists, according to findings published in PLOS ONE. Researchers recently found 39 stone artifacts, some of which date back to 18,500 years ago, at a dig site in Monte Verde, Chile, indicating groups of humans passed through the area much earlier than previously thought. Soil dating on four of the stone artifacts indicate they could have been there as far back as 25,000 years ago, but researchers say further testing is needed to confirm if humans visited the site then.
How dinosaurs cared for their eggs 150 million years ago can be sussed out by studying the remains of their eggshells, according to a study published online in PLOS ONE. "We don't have eggs for every species of dinosaur, but the more primitive dinosaurs have these buried nests, and the more advanced maniraptoran theropods, which are the closest relatives of birds, laid open-nest eggs that are exposed," said study co-author Darla Zelenitsky. The researchers compared the fragile ancient eggshell fossils with eggshells of modern crocodiles, who bury their eggs, and birds, who nest.
Colleges and universities should tailor their programs to students' needs to increase graduation rates or risk becoming a "one-size-fits-none" institution, some higher-education leaders say. University leaders must provide students a clear purpose, the people to support them and a pathway to graduation, says Gunnar Counselman, CEO and founder of Fidelis Education.
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